Wildlife in Milford
The value of wildlife habitat and the loss from its destruction is hard to quantify. Nonetheless, the conservation of wildlife and wildlife habitat provides many benefits to the town, including (1) preservation of open space and scenic views, (2) recreational and educational opportunities, (3) water resource and water supply protection, (4) wind, noise, and visual buffers, and (5) flood prevention.
Preservation of wildlife habitat is important because of the cumulative effect of development. Although a single development may destroy only a fraction of existing wildlife habitat area, repeated approval of such development will quickly reduce or eliminate the land's ability to support many species of plants and animals and irrevocably prevent future use of land as wildlife habitat.
If you see wildlife or evidence of wildlife in town, let us know! Tell us the exact location, Please email, US mail or call the Conservation Commission office.
(firstname.lastname@example.org, One Union Square in Milford, or 249-0628.)
The following lists the animal species currently endangered or threatened in the State of New Hampshire.
Endangered wildlife are those native species whose prospects for survival in New Hampshire are in danger because of a loss or change in habitat, over-exploitation, predation, competition, disease, disturbance or contamination. Assistance is needed to ensure continued existence as a viable component of the state's wildlife community.
Threatened wildlife are those species which may become endangered if conditions surrounding them begin, or continue, to decline.
* = Federally threatened
**= Federally endangered.
This list was updated in October 2008.
* Canada lynx, Lynx canadensis
small-footed bat, Myotis leibii
** Gray wolf, Canis lupus
American marten, Martes americana (formerly pine marten)
common nighthawk, Chordeiles minor
northern harrier, Circus cyaneus
golden eagle, Aquila chrysaetos
upland sandpiper, Bartramia longicauda
** roseate tern, Sterna dougallii
sedge wren, Cistothorus platensis
common loon, Gavia immer
American three-toed woodpecker, Picoides dorsalis
grasshopper sparrow, Ammodramus savannarum
pied-billed grebe, Podilymbus podiceps
American brook lamprey, Lampetra bifrenatus
** shortnose sturgeon , Acipenser brevirostrum
Bridle shiner, Notropis bifrenatus
Blanding's turtle, Emydoidea blandingii
(none currently listed)
cobblestone tiger beetle, Cicindela marginipennis
** dwarf wedge mussel, Alasmidonta heterodon
brook floater, Alasmidonta varicosa
frosted elfin butterfly, Callophrys irus
** Karner blue butterfly, Lycaeides melissa samuelis
Persius dusky wing skipper, Erynnis persius persius
ringed bog haunter dragonfly, Williamsonia lintneri
* puritan tiger beetle, Cicindela puritana
White Mountain fritillary, Boloria titania montinus
pine pinion moth, Lithophane lepida lepida
White Mountain Arctic, Oeneis melissa semidea